Whereas in the past almost 200 primary schoolchildren took part in each of our two annual chess tournaments. Unfortunately, in line with the policies adopted by the UK chess authorities, there will be no face-to-face tournaments this term. When this changes, we will look to re-establish our chess tournaments.

Each of the tournaments takes place in one afternoon, with the children competing in lots of fast paced, five-minute games. The format of the competition enables the children to be matched with opponents of a similar ability by grouping together players with a similar score at the end of each round.

Most children competing are in Year 5 or 6, though talented chess players in younger years do also take part. All players should be familiar enough with the rules of chess to be able to play a game without assistance. A copy of the rules of the tournaments is available for download here.

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